#ThanksZane - All the best messages
After 12 amazing years, Zane is hanging up his headphones and saying farewell to BBC Radio 1.
Thousands of you have been in touch to say #ThanksZane - including other presenters, listeners, and many of the artists and bands he has supported throughout his time at the station.
Here are some of our favourite messages from the many we've received so far...
From doing the Rolex Sweep on stage together at Big Weekend in 2008 to my on air stag do in 2009 to our first Versus in 2010 (where we didn't talk to each other after for 4 months thanks to the level of competition between us!!) to the Drum & Bass Takeover co-host when Rob & Gareth from Pendulum joined us just before they became Knife Party (as per the pic) to the Dubstep Symphony with Nero in 2011 right up to our last Versus in October 2013 (where we learned from previous over competitive mistakes); a lot of my most memorable on air moments in my career to date were with brother @zanelowe. He is not only the broadcaster most of my generation of broadcasters look up to but also thanks to being on air at the same time as him, broadcasting from the studio opposite, he's become a very good friend. Fearless in his approach to interviews, music and performance, as he moves to a brand new challenge, all I can really say is #ThanksZane for the memories and I hope we keep in touch - even if just to continue to swap tunes! Big love Whateverman @zanelowe
Back in September '03, i was sitting in the old Elektra Records office, doing promo for my first album Here Comes The Fuzz. Brian Greenspoon, who worked the international department, handed me the phone while whispering, "This is Zane Lowe. He talks really fast. But don't worry, just try your best to keep up" [translation: "Ronson. Look alive! None of your usual are-you-or-are-you-not-stoned, Sudafed demeanor"]. I remember he did talk really fast. And I also remember being taken aback that he was the first person i had ever spoken to who seemed to get everything about the record--from MOP to Rivers Cuomo. He got where i was coming from, probably cause he came from the same era. We were both unashamed music freaks who grew up in the golden era of hip-hop but also loved guitars.
Cut to the end of '05, i don't really have a hell of a lot going on…I got dropped from my label, production gigs have dried up, I'm no longer the go-to DJ in NYC so I've gone to China to take a few club gigs to pay the rent, keep my little label going, etc… I come back drunk to my hotel one night and check my messages…"Hey Mark, it's Zane. People over here are really feeling that Radiohead cover you did. Good work, man, it's a heater". Zane championed that record "Just", and I ended up getting a new record deal to make my second album, Version.
March '10, I'm finishing up my third album, I play Zane some songs--some almost finished, others in a rawer state. He hears the first 4 bars of a new track I'm working on and goes, "That's your first f*****g single dude". So i go back to NYC and finish "Bang Bang Bang" with MNDR & Q-Tip.
Back in 2013, Zane happened to move into the studio upstairs from me near Kings Cross. A year later, I'm playing him some half-finished songs from my fourth album. I play him a dusted out, disco-y cut, and in the middle he goes, "You really need a big, wild guitar solo there". So I do it. And in November, Zane world-premiered the finished "Daffodils" on his show--once again, championing a track of mine, the same way he played "Ooh Wee", "Just", "Bang Bang Bang". And alot of the reason that i probably have a career.
so thank you Zane. and thanks for the tunes.
Couldn't have been more nervous taking over Zane's show last year because I hold it in such high regard and a huge honour. I also always got nervous in his interviews because he's such a legend (and the coolest music nerd I know). He introduced me to some of the best music in the world. A lot of his shows encapsulated my journey through music as a teen from rock and metal all the way to folk. Quite a few times he made me Hottest Record in the World and has supported me from the very beginning, and never cared about what genre my music was supposed to be or if it was "cool" he played it because he dug it. so THANK YOU ZANE will miss ya. X